It seems that, after facing a big embarrassment during the recent parliamentary elections in the state due to drug trafficking, the ruling SAD has decided to take a tough action against drug peddlers without delay.
After years of some Akali leader under attack for carrying out drug business from Daulewala village, under Dharamkot subdivision, 20 km from here, also known as ‘drug capital’ of Punjab, the police cracked down on the drug mafia in the village early Saturday morning .
The police arrested 14 people and seized a huge quantity of various types of drugs in the village. However, it is being felt that the arrested are only small fish and sharks are at large.
Prospective drug buyers descend on the village each day, many in gleaming high-end cars to buy contraband substances.
In the past nine years, this village with nearly 400 households has 390 cases registered against its residents relating to drug peddling under the NDPS Act.
According to police records, each of these cases has t he involvement of two or more accused from the village.
A raiding team, led by deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Ferozepur division, Amar Singh Chahal, raided the village under Dharamkot subdivision, searching houses. SSPs of Ferozepur and Moga districts as well as 15 DSPs were also part of the raiding team.
Meanwhile, the police seized 270-gm heroin, 67.5-kg poppy husk, 150-gm intoxicant powder, 20-kg lahan, 75 bottles of illicit liquor, 14 motorcycles, 2 Scorpio cars, one Fortuner car and ` 5.48 lakh in cash from the possession of different people in the village.